What is your bedtime routine? Are you placing the baby in the crib to sleep yet?

Chyi - posted on 02/06/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )

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Hi All, Brandon is almost 8 weeks old, he is around 11lbs. We are trying to progress him into sleeping in the crib. He would sleep about 2-3 hours early in the night, but then waking up every hour later due to having tummy gas. He will fall asleep after nursing, but then forget to burp which then wakes him up an hour later. So it makes it hard to get any sleep. Any suggestions? What are you guys doing that are working?

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Jasmine - posted on 02/11/2010

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My son is 7weeks now and he has been sleeping through the night for the past 3 weeks. He naps in the daytime but not too much later in the evening until bedtime. I don't take him up to his crib until it is time for bed and I try to make sure he finishes his last bottle so he is full. You have to make sure he burps, try a diff position or pat harder otherwise he will not be comfortable. You gotta take charge, find something that works for you, good luck.

Amanda - posted on 03/02/2010

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my bubs sleeps in he cot in her room she was in the bassinette in our room but w have moved her in her rom she seem s to settle better she sleps 7 hrs during night but shes bottle fed :)

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Shelly - posted on 03/03/2010

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My Paige is 9 weeks old and has been sleeping in her own crib in her own room since the day we got home from the hospital. I started a strict bedtime routine at about 4 weeks and she's been going longer and longer at night! We start at about 8:30 with a nice warm bath then put her in pjs and then give her a bottle (it was breastmilk, but just last week I started giving her formula since I'm heading back to work soon.) We burp her and I rock her in her room with soft music playing and she'll sleep in her bed from about 9:30-6. I'm thinking of making her bedtime a little earlier so that I can have more time with my hubby.

Nicole - posted on 03/03/2010

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Ari is 12 weeks and I just started to put him in his crib last night, before that he would sleep in bassinet by my bed for few hours then the rest of the night he wold be in the bed with us. I found If I gave him grape water before bed it would help with gas. I moved the rocking chair into our family room so I would have to be awake to feed him then I burp as we go back to room. Also to get him to sleep in his crib I take a heating pad and hot water bottles to make his crib nice a arm before I put him down, I also swaddle him I thought he gas put now that I swaddle him he seems happier at night.

Sarah - posted on 03/03/2010

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My little girl is almost 11 weeks old and she's been sleeping in her own bed since birth - in the bassinette to start with and just recently graduated to her "big bed" (the cot).

I breastfeed her exclusively - give her a dream feed at 10-10.30pm before I go to bed and then she wakes for a feed at 3-4am. She's never really had any problems with wind at night - I hold her upright over my shoulder after feeding for a few minutes, and if nothing comes up I just put her down. Usually in the morning when I get her up she will bring up a big burp, but it doesn't seem to bother her during the night.

I tried using gripe water in the early days, but that didn't seem to make any difference. Sometimes If you can't bring up any wind straight after feeding, try lay him down for a few minutes, then pick him up again, and that'll bring the wind up.

Also, a method that worked well when my wee one was younger and found it difficult bringing up her wind - lie him flat across your lap, on his back and gently massage his tummy with gently upward strokes with your hand (it only has to be lightly!) - thumb on one side and fingers on the other side of his tummy. Massage like that for a few minutes, then lift him upright holding him under his armpits and letting his feet dangle down - then continue to burp him like you normally would (over the shoulder, or sitting upright on your lap and stroking his back) - I tried it with my wee girl and it worked every time.

Are you breastfeeding your little guy? Does he feed much during the day? Maybe he's waking more at night to feed because he's not feeding enough during the day time... My wee girl feeds every 2-2.5 hours during the day and will sometimes cluster feed in the evening before bed, although not so much now. Try fill him up lots in the day and he'll be more likely to sleep better at night.

Hope that helps... Good luck!

Annmarie - posted on 03/02/2010

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hi all Cole was 11weeks yesterday im breastfeeding and he feeds alomost all day then around 10pm he has 6oz of expressed milk and goes in to his bed until around 8am he also falls asleep when feeding but i just put him over my shoulder and pat his back for 10 or 15mins so that the wind dont bother him and he sleeps threw.

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My little Phoebe is 11 weeks old and i think i'm quite lucky, she has a feed between 9:30/10:30 and goes in her crib (next to our bed), she sleeps right through until 7/8ish the next morning and then wakes up smiling and ready for her 6oz bottle. However i know where you are coming from with the tummy ache/wind, Phoebe suffers terrible wind, try giving Brandon gripe water after his feed, or if it's really bad try infacol, that's worked wonders for us. I would never put Phoebe in bed with us, it's far too dangerous in my opinion, what if you roll over in the night and suffocate him, it is easy to do, it happened to someone i know. hope the information helped.

Jaeda - posted on 03/02/2010

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my son slept in our bed with us until he was 6-7 weeks old, and he transfered over to his crib quite nicely. He goes to bed at 930-10 and wakes up once at 5-530 and then sleeps again til about 8

Mary - posted on 03/02/2010

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my son is 12 weeks. he'll sleep in his crib for naps during the day but only if i swaddle him. he screams otherwise.

at night he sleeps in his swing (reclined)

i swaddle him with a miracle blanket. every mom should have one. google it.

Janice - posted on 03/01/2010

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Our routine is feeding, rocking until he goes to sleep and then either I stay w/him in the rocker/recliner(b/c he's sick), or I move him into my bed. Or his crib which is side-carred to my bed. Then I get ready for bed and sleep too.
Rocking and co-sleeping are what works the best for us.. I LOVE rocking my babies to sleep.

Kirstie - posted on 02/27/2010

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try using infants'friend which u can buy from the chemist or online this will produce a natural, quiet sleep by removing the wind in the bowels (also known as colic). also if u need help in setting up a sleeping routine buy a book called save our sleep by tizzie hall.she has one book for newborns upto toddlers and another for toddlers upwards. she shows u example sleeping routines among other things. i have both books as i have a 9week old baby girl and 2 1/2 yr old son. believe me adhering to what she has written in the books has done miracles for me. buy them it wont be wasted money.

Rachelle - posted on 02/26/2010

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my little girl hates laying down she has a swing thats chair detaches we either put her to sleep in there or put her in her car seat she'll sleep anywheres from 10 to 14 hours stright!!! (i'm a mom in heaven) mind you she's always been a good sleeper she slept through the nights since she was born she nights just get longer and longer i have had to wake her up for the past few mornings now....

Charity - posted on 02/26/2010

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my daughter is 2 months old and she has a good sleep routine..her last feeding is at 8:30 9 pm and then shes sleeping in her bassinette for the night until 5am when she wakes up because shes hungry....i turn on the night light so its enough light to feed her and change her then she goes back to sleep until 8 or 9am...shes slept like this since she was 2 weeks old, which im very greatful for...i love it

Jade - posted on 02/25/2010

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Logan will be 9 weeks on Monday and we have had him on a good bed routine for about 3 weeks now. The routine has been very successful and resulted in him sleeping 5.5 to 6.5 hours at night. At around 9:30 we give him a nice big bottle and give him a nice warm bath with the night time wash. Afterward I put on the nighttime moisturizers, give him a baby massage and put him in nice warm pjs. I then bring him up to his room where I read him a book or two in the rocker. I then place him in his crib awake put on the mobile and in about 10 mins to a half hour he falls asleep.

Melissa - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son was in his crib at 3 weeks old and sleeping through the night by 6 weeks...I found that a routine during the day to keep him from sleeping all day (he eats every 4 hours between 6am to 10pm, then stays up to play until he gets tired again...usually 45 minutes to an hour after he eats, then back to bed until his next feeding) he is starting to drop his 10pm bottle and sleeping from about 8 until 6am...he is 11 weeks old

Kerin - posted on 02/25/2010

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Just keep in mind that co-sleeping is very dangerous. Many parents have had to suffer lose due to bed sharing.

Jasmin - posted on 02/25/2010

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Peyton is 2montths now and we tried from the beginning to put him in his own bed n room which wasnt to easy but since 2 weeks we put im in his bed every night between 8-9 pm before we do that i bath him,feed him cuddel a lil with him read something and make his lil elephant on with musik on it it works great and he sleeps quick.he sleep till 6.15am than or 7.15 wakes up is eating and than at 9.30am he will be up for good.

Sam - posted on 02/25/2010

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hi, Abigail is juz over 9wks now and when i first brought her home from the hospital she wouldnt sleep in her crib so i slept down stairs with her the 1st couple of nights, but i couldnt do it forever so i brought her crib downstairs and everytime she was sleepy id put her in it she soon got used to it now Abigail wil have her last bottle at bout 8 with an extra ounce then i wil put her up to bed at 9 in which she now sleeps all through the night usually waking up bout 7 but sometimes til 8 9 in the morning and stil has 2 3hr naps during the day so it don't matter how much they sleep. I totally agree with Ashley more sleep = a happier baby!

Ashley - posted on 02/24/2010

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From the reading I have done, they suggest that at around 6-8 weeks you try and incorporate an earlier bedtime. While parents tend to think this will cause their children to get up earlier this is not so. On the contrary they start to sleep longer. At 8 weeks we started putting my son to bed around 8pm - starting his last feeding at around 7:30pm. Some days it is a little earlier or later depending on his last nap. Before he was going to bed between 10-11 pm and was so fussy all night. Since the switch to the earlier bedtime he has gone from sleeping for 4 hours through the night, to 9 hours. It may take a few days but totally worth it! He is a mich happy babier and is having longer naps (up to 3.5 hours) throughout the day as well. When he naps well through the day he does even better at night. More sleep = a happier baby and mommy :) Good luck!

Ashlee - posted on 02/24/2010

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when i got my little one home he wouldnt sleep in his cot so we had him in his pram for the 3 days after that he went into his cot no problems at all, some times he wants to be swaddled and others he doesnt its just a matter of seeing what hes like through out the day. i couldnt afford a proper cot or bassentte so he sleeps in a port a cot, someone gave me a proper cot a couple of weeks back and he will not sleep in it cos he doesnt fell safe in it. hope it helps

Melissa - posted on 02/12/2010

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My son has slept in a crib since we brought him home. We had bought as bassinette and he hated being in it. As soon as we laid him down, he'd wake up. So, we figure he likes space since he sleeps through the night in his crib. Go figure!

I give my son a bath every other night around 8ish. Use some of that night time lotion, dim the lights as you are getting his jammies on and then feed him a bottle. All the excitement from the bath and then a full belly will hopefully make him sleep better for you.

My son also has had bouts with gas, so I bought some of those infant gas drops and it works wonders. I've given it to him before feeding, so when it does come time to burp, it makes it easier.

Julie - posted on 02/12/2010

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My daughter is 8 weeks and i have been putting her in her crib in her room after a bath, lotion job, and a bottle around 7 or 8. She varies sleeping in the from 2 hours to 4 hours, and usually wakes up around 12 am regardless. she usually finishes the night with me in bed because she is still waking up every 2 to 3 hrs after midnight because she is so hungry all the time!! cant wait til i can mix some cereal in her milk!!

Crystal - posted on 02/12/2010

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My son has slept in a Cradle from the time he was brought home till now he will continue to sleep in it till he is sleeping all thru the night he gets up once a night to eat around three or four. I feed him in my bed then he goes back to his bed.

Have you tried giving him gas drops after every feeding they are safe enough to use like that. Babies have to be burp they dont really have the reflex to just be like hey i need to burp let me work one up....



I give him his last feed around ten or eleven the later the better to me. then he goes in his cradle right after and stays in there with all the lights off till i know he is good and asleep then me and hubby go to bed

Kindell - posted on 02/12/2010

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My daughter is 8 weeks old and we have a pretty normal routine. At around 9:00 she gets her bath (every other day) the I give her a massage with lavender lotion to help relax her and get her ready for bed. We turn the lights of and I breastfeed her, normally around 9:45. After she is finished eating and has burped I lay with her cuddled on my chest until she is in a deep sleep at which time I move her to her bassinet. For a couple weeks she was sleeping all through the night and not waking up until 5:00 or 5:30. This week she has been waking up around 3:30 for a feeding but I think she might be going through a growth spurt.

Stephanie - posted on 02/11/2010

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My son is 8 weeks and we haven't really started a bedtime routine. He usually takes some naps in the evenings, but he is usually sleeping in my husband's arms on the couch. AT about 9 or ten we start our routine of getting ready for bed. I have been insisting that we change him into a different footie outfit so he feels like one is pajamas (even though they all seem like pajamas!). I breastfeed and I feel like lately we have been cluster feeding (every hour) from 9-11. In my mind I feel like this might hold him over longer. He then goes into his bassinet which is right next to my side of the bed. He'll usually only sleep 2 1/2 hours, we're lucky if he goes 3! My pediatrician recommended that we angle the mattress to 45 degrees to help with spit up...I wonder if this would help with the gas/burping? Also, I have heard and read that nights will generally get much better in month 3 and 4- I am going to wait until then to try the transition into the crib!

Ammie - posted on 02/10/2010

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hay my daughter is 9 weeks old and got a fantastic routine she sleeps from 7pm till 2am then straight through til bout 8-9am........and in her crib i find shes kept to the routine from in the womb.......shes awake all day.

i find i dont let her sleep at all during the day and the last bottle before bed i'll add an extra scoop of formula its does a treat.

also if lil one does sleep during the day get them into the routine of resting in their crib so their used to being in there alone.

im worried tonight as its her 1st night in her cot and not crib......hopes she carrys on with good sleeping i will keep all posted.........

Jaime - posted on 02/10/2010

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I put my 8 week old son in a bassinet from the day he was born. Occasionally I will have him in bed with me, but not often and it's only when he's very unsettled. I'm not a fan of co sleeping, even from a young age ... I like my space and bed too much haha. I have a friend that co slept with her son from the day he was born and she couldn't get him out of it until he was about 7 years old.

Emily - posted on 02/10/2010

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Swadling definitely helped my 7 weeks old son sleep through better. I take him upstairs to our bedroom at 7, Feed and read a story (not sure whether he is bothered about this but my husband and I enjoy it!!) and by that time it is nearly 8. I put him into his moses basket and he might fall asleep straight away or I put my finger in his mouth to suck (instead of a dummy) to help him drift off. Some nights he wakes up within 10mins or so and I need to top him up and put him back in his crib. The lights are always dim and by the time I put him in his crib they are turned off completely. We are currently attempting to get him to sleep without using my finger as a dummy... sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. He tends to wake after 6 or so hours for a feed (but is generally getting longer) and then again at 7/8 when we get up. Getting up once a night is managable.
We like this routine because it means we get some of the evening together with no baby, and also means we get our own bed, I don't think I'd sleep nearly as well if he was in with us (maybe we have a small bed!!).
Maybe try keeping him awake longer for a longer feed?
p.s I breastfeed and my son is nearly 13lbs

Cherie - posted on 02/09/2010

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My daughter is almost 9 weeks. we don't really have a bed time routine. Many poeple say babies like routines I just haven't set one bc I am trying to figure out if I should set her at our routine or one I want her to follow when she is 2 years old. I had a c section and the crib is in our room. The 1st 2 days we put her in the crib and we were getting up every 30 mins to an hour, so we put her in the bed between my husband and I. That worked out great. Then after 2 weeks we put her in her crib. She sleeps in her crib in our bedroom. There are some nights that are tough so she sleeps with us in the bed. If she is gassy, sick, cant sleep, or sometimes we both fall alseep while nursing. I wouldn't suggest keeping him in your room nor your bed for too long otherwise it is going to be hard to break and when he is 2 he is still gonna want to sleep in your bed and you wont get any special time with your love one. At night I lay on my side and feed her. We do have a routine through the night. Since I couldn't get in and out of bed when we came home, my husband and I switched sides of the bed where he was near the crib. He gets up at night and gets her, turns on a dim light checks/changes her diaper and then hands her to me... I feed, burp, and put her back in her crib. We don't talk to her in the middle of the night and if she wants to play we lay her beside us and close our eyes, so she sees mommy and daddy sleeping. We do swaddle her otherwise she wouldnt go to sleep bc she scares herself by moving hands and feet. Also with gas.... she has had bad gas that hurts. There are things out there like Milicon drops, gripe water, and just plans gas drops. We use equate infants' gas relief drops from walmart. They are a lot cheaper than the others and it has been working out great. We give it to her after feedings and b4 bedtime. Every time we go to change her diaper we take her legs and press them up against her stomach and it releases the gas... sometimes it is soo much we wonder how she holds that much. I also heard that burping and feeding frequently helps the gas. Also are you breastfeeding or bottle feeding? Babies with formual sleep longer than breastfeed babies.

Claire - posted on 02/09/2010

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my little one is 7 weeks, when she was first born she would not wake up and would sleep through the night so i had to wake her every four hours for a feed. i done this for two weeks then she started getting herself up around 4 or 5o'clock. she now gets up around 6-7o'clock. she has a 5oz bottle of milk around 6 i then rub her top to bottom in cream, and every other day i bath her, shes then in bed @ 7. i done this with my oldest and she slept through the night at two weeks old.

Erin - posted on 02/06/2010

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I keep mine in bed with me. He will probably stay there until he sleeps through the night consistently. Or maybe longer. We'll see.

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Tyler will be 2 months on Tuesday. His last feeding of the night is at about 10:30, and he then goes into his crib, which is at the end of our bed. We have found he sleeps much better when tightly swaddled. He's also still wearing a hat overnight to keep him warmer. He'll wake at about 3:30. I nurse and burp him and put him back down. I do it with minimal light so he knows it's still night time. He'll then sleep until about 6:30. Have you tried Milicon gas drops? They may make it easier to burp.

Antoinette, I love your profile pic!!

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My son is a little over 8 weeks. We go back and forth between his bassenet and our bed. He sleeps 4-5 hours in the bed with us and about 3 hours in his bassenet. We found that he gets cold very easy making him wake up. Our heat keeps him cozy.

When I nurse I stop every 5 minutes or so to burp him. I learned that if I lay down and nurse we both fall asleep and he wakes up shortly after hungry. So I make myself sit up and feed him.

We will start putting him in his room withthe crib once it gets a little warmer. His room stays cooler then the rest of the house.

Not sure if ithis helps. Let me know.

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